Tom Pidcock: I’ve found form a lot quicker than I thought I would

Omloop 2020
Tom Pidcock (Image credit: Getty Images)

A 55th placed finish in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad only tells part of the story in relation to Tom Pidcock’s first encounter with the cobbles of the WorldTour, with the 21-year-old putting in a notable display as he looked to challenge the established Classics specialists.

The British rider came into the one-day event on the back of a solid but unspectacular outing in Haut Var earlier this month and despite a sense of racing into the unknown the neo-pro showed both strength and confidence – none more so when he recognized a dangerous group that included world champion Julian Alaphilippe and quickly closed down a sizeable gap with 39km to go. 

The Ineos Grenadiers rider became an instant protagonist in the break that also included riders such as Greg Van Avermaet, Sep Vanmarcke, and Matteo Trentin and even countered when the French world champion jumped clear on his own.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.